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Let there be lights - cricket club causes controversy

Lights but not much action at the County Ground Credit: ITV News

This year's cricket T20 Blast began tonight, with Gloucestershire and Somerset both in action. It's the competition that makes the counties the most money, with sell-out crowds expected in Bristol and Taunton.

Somerset began with an away game in Kent tonight - losing by 8 wickets.

Gloucestershire started at home against Sussex, using their controversial floodlights for the first time. There has been lots of opposition to the lights that can be seen from around the city.

One resident told ITV News, "I think they're necessary for the cricket ground to get the matches they need to remain competitive. Without them we're told that they wouldn't get the games that they need. Unfortunately it does have a bit of a detrimental impact on the residents".

But tonight the main talking point was the rain - the match was abandoned and Sussex won by one run according to the Duckworth-Lewis method.

Many are concerned about the brightness of the floodlights which mean Gloucestershire can host important matches Credit: ITV News


Gloucestershire host Somerset in first T20 clash

A West Country derby between Somerset and Gloucestershire marks the start of this summer's T20 Blast cricket competition.

It is taking place at the newly redeveloped County Ground in Bristol. Both teams are determined to make a positive start to the competition - Somerset finished runners-up in three of the last five years and lifted the trophy back in 2005. Gloucestershire reached the final in 2007.

We hear the hopes of Somerset's Nick Compton and Director of Cricket, Dave Nosworthy as well as those of Gloucestershire's Will Tavare.

CRICKET: Gloucestershire bowler suspended

Gloucestershire spin bowler Jack Taylor has been suspended by the England and Wales Cricket Board Credit: PA

Gloucestershire spinner Jack Taylor has been suspended from bowling by the England and Wales Cricket Board after being reported for suspect actions.

He and Hampshire's Glenn Querl were referred for independent analysis after being reported twice in the last year.

An ECB statement says:

"The reports identified that the bowling actions of each player displayed elbow extension in excess of the permitted 15 degrees during analysis.

Consequently both Querl and Taylor are suspended from bowling for England and in competitive county cricket until such time as they have submitted to a fresh independent analysis in which it is concluded that they have remedied their actions".